Reverb Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 30 2013

This brave, bleak 2009 drama by the gifted young playwright Leslye Headland (a member of LA's edgy Iama Theatre Company) focuses on the passionate, sexually violent, and ultimately hopeless relationship between a troubled rock songwriter and his muse. The music-biz background is secondary to the pungent story, which could as easily be about Scott and Zelda or Dick and Liz—or my parents—as about Kurt and Courtney or Sid and Nancy. Under Jonathan Berry's emotionally detailed direction, Peter Oyloe and Mary Williamson's haunted portrayals of the combative lovers are balanced against superb supporting performances, notably from Brittany Burch as the songwriter's born-again sister and Ashley Neal as an acerbic Internet journalist. My only reservation is with the production's oddly dated musical referents: The Ronettes' "Be My Baby"? Elmer Bernstein's theme from To Kill a Mockingbird? — Albert Williams

Price: $25-$30

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